Pupil responses to stimulus color, structure and light flux increments in the rhesus monkey

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  • Visual stimuli that isolate pupil color and pupil grating responses in human vision have been used to investigate the properties of stimulus-specific pupil responses in the rhesus monkey. We measured and compared pupil responses to light flux increments, isoluminant chromatic stimuli, and gratings of equal and lower space-averaged luminance. The parameters investigated were luminance contrast and chromatic saturation. The results demonstrate clearly the existence of pupil color, pupil grating and pupil light reflex responses in the rhesus monkey. Comparison of pupil color and pupil grating responses of equivalent amplitude reveals similar onset response latencies. However, both are approximately 40 ms longer than the corresponding pupil light reflex latency. In general these pupil responses are qualitatively similar to those observed in humans. However, when compared to equivalent human data, pupil onset response latencies are some 80-100 ms shorter and the pupil shows more rapid recovery from constriction.
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  • Vision Research  Journal
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    Author List

  • Gamlin PDR; Zhang H; Harlow A; Barbur JL
  • Start Page

  • 3353
  • End Page

  • 3358
  • Volume

  • 38
  • Issue

  • 21